Learners enjoy adventure trip

2017-04-25 06:01
Learners of St Agnes Primary School in Woodstock enjoy the boat trip with the group of officers who organised the adventure. Standing from left are Julian Fortuin, Desmond Cupido, Vanessa November, Alistair van der Vent and Ivan Jacobs.

Learners of St Agnes Primary School in Woodstock enjoy the boat trip with the group of officers who organised the adventure. Standing from left are Julian Fortuin, Desmond Cupido, Vanessa November, Alistair van der Vent and Ivan Jacobs.

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Some learners of St Agnes Primary School in Woodstock had an adventure on Saturday when neighbourhood safety officers took them on a special trip around the peninsula.

The fun began when they boarded a City Sightseeing red bus and visited the World of Birds in Hout Bay, enjoyed a boat trip and then had lunch at Mariners Wharf.

Sergeant Ivan Jacobs of the Cape Town Metro Police, who was part of the group of officers organising the trip, explains that the initiative was started by Constable Julian Fortuin who works in the Woodstock area.

“The role and purpose of a neighbourhood safety officer is to know his area and be known by the people in that area,” he says.

“By being known in the area, Fortuin does various community projects in partnership with other roleplayers in Woodstock. These projects range from reporting broken streetlights and potholes, crime prevention initiatives, school holiday programmes, visiting old-age homes and looking after the needs of homeless people.

“When Fortuin started this initiative he was joined by myself, along with fellow constables Desmond Cupido, Alistair van der Vent and Sergeant Vanessa November to help make this special day a reality.”

Fortuin explains that during his work in the Woodstock area and at the school he realised that many learners of the school had never been out of the suburb.

“I felt that it was important to expose our children to a different side of life other than the crime and poverty that surrounds them in their communities,” he says.

“We hope that the trip and experiences showed them that there is so much more that they can aspire to.

“Everyone had a great time.”

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